Our Reading Lives

Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.

A Journey Through Edinburgh’s Bookstores

Join a book lover on a trek through several bookstores across the city of Edinburgh.

1 month ago

Don’t Flip That Cover: Why I Don’t Read the Book Description

That description on the back cover or dust jacket is wasted on me. I'd rather jump into a story headfirst,…

1 month ago

The Cookbooks That Are Teaching Me to Be More Intuitive in the Kitchen

One reader on the cookbooks helping them to become more intuitive in the kitchen, rather than sticking fiercely to a…

2 months ago

I Didn’t Become a Reader Until I Was 16, and That’s Fine

Having a "late start" doesn’t make you less of a reader. One Rioter shares how they discovered their love of…

2 months ago

What I’ve Learned from (Re)reading Wuthering Heights

I've read and reread Wuthering Heights on an almost yearly basis for over a decade. This is what it has…

2 months ago

Coming To Terms With Reading Less

Sometimes, those reading challenges change the way we connect with reading. It is okay to read less.

2 months ago

Why Reading Rainbow Gave Me Recurring Nightmares as a Child (But I Still Love LeVar Burton Anyway)

I sought out the books featured on Reading Rainbow and begged for them as gift—except for one book that gave…

2 months ago

On Beginning My Days With Poetry

Rituals, like in other arenas of our lives, have their place in reading practices. Here are one poetry lover's experiences…

2 months ago

How Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mysteries Made Me Love Cozy Mysteries Again

Cozy mysteries and I had a break up several years ago and Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop Mysteries rekindled the romance…

2 months ago

An Ode of Gratitude to All the Books I Don’t Want to Read

Every book I hear about and don't have to add to to overwhelming, overflowing TBR is a gift. Thank you…

2 months ago